Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood and Elementary Education

Earning your degree in early childhood and elementary education will prepare you to teach children in preschool through sixth grade. You will study a broad range of subjects, from reading and science to music and math.

You also will learn how to manage a classroom, how to build positive relationships with children, and how to help them develop interpersonal skills. Before you even begin student teaching, you will have more than 200 hours of experience in classrooms.

Earning your degree in early childhood and elementary education will prepare you to teach children in preschool through sixth grade. You will study a broad range of subjects, from reading and science to music and math.

You also will learn how to manage a classroom, how to build positive relationships with children, and how to help them develop interpersonal skills. Before you even begin student teaching, you will have more than 200 hours of experience in classrooms.

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Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood and Elementary Education

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Required Hours

University Requirements: 56 credit hours + Major Requirements: 70 credit hours + Electives: 2 credit hours = Total Required: 128 credit hours*

*Based on track selection

Example Coursework

Literature for children
Elementary management and methods
Early language and literacy
Teaching students with special needs

Department

Teacher Education

 

Application Deadlines

Early Action: Nov. 1
Regular: Feb. 1
National Candidates: May 1

Special Education and Interdisciplinary Options

ACU offers both a Bachelor of Science with early childhood/elementary certification and a Bachelor of Science in special education with early childhood/elementary certification.

Additionally, ACU offers interdisciplinary teacher education programs that allow you to teach the following subjects at all early childhood and elementary levels:

  • Art
  • Music (instrumental, piano, vocal)
  • Spanish
  • Theatre

For those interested in combining a master’s degree with their undergraduate teacher training, ACU offers a one year M.Ed. in Teaching and Learning designed for ACU students who will complete a bachelor’s degree in education.

Opportunities

What can you do after graduation?

  • Elementary school teacher
  • Christian education teacher
  • Preschool teacher
  • Children’s minister
  • Educational consultant

Clubs and Activities

Teacher education students can participate in a number of real-world learning experiences, including:·

  • Study abroad
  • Innovative schools site visits
  • Meaningful field experiences
  • Service-learning
  • Undergraduate research